It looks like Sony is extending their support for schools and universities with courses geared towards computer engineering and programming.
At the Develop Conference 2009, SCEE R&D's Sarah Lemarie
revealed that a PS3 dev kit designed for academic use is in the works.
To quote: "We have started a PS3 Academic Development Programme, and we're referring to the dev kits as mini-dev kits, which I can best describe as being in a closed beta stage at present," said Lemarie. "We'll be opening this beta up slowly."
"Of course universities can use Linux to program on the PS3 but I would really strongly recommend that if you are interested in the PS3 you look into this, as the experience you will get over Linux is quite incredible," she added.
The PS3 dev kit includes a consumer-sized PS3 with a low power function, two USB ports and a full SDK. Sony's cross-platform game engine PhyreEngine will also be made available as part of the program.
Sony has already provided academic institutions with PS2 and PSP dev kits in the past as part of their PlayStation-edu program.
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